WITH summer fast approaching, it is important Aussies know how to stay safe in the pool.
Each year, Muswellbrook South Public School encourages their less confident swimmers to participate in an intensive swimming program.
Teacher Ashlea Farrugia said the workshop catered for 90 Year 2 and 3 students, over two weeks.
“It mainly focuses on students who are weaker swimmers, who can’t swim more than 25 metres,” she said.
“It’s really good because of the really high amounts of drowning – the statistics in Australia are phenomenal.
“So, it’s very, very important that students can at least know how, when they’re in a tricky situation, they can help themselves get out of it.
“If they learn how to float on their back, or grab onto something, that will decrease their chances of drowning.”
Miss Farrugia said the children would begin training at a basic level and grow from there.
“[They learn] how to blow bubbles, grow in confidence by putting their heads under the water, submerging themselves, gliding, floating, and basic survival skills,” she said.
“The kids love it, they really do – even though it is tiring for some.
“But, they really enjoy getting in the pool, and having some fun, and they’re still learning at the same time.
“Building their confidence is the main thing.”